South Post 4 wins Midnight Sun Tournament in Fairbanks

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 23, 2013

South Post 4 dominated the competition at the Midnight Sun Tournament in Fairbanks, winning three games in three days this weekend by a combined score of 37-5.

For manager Russ Baker, he had a hard time deciding which was better: his offense or his defense.

He spotlighted the pitching.

“We’re throwing the ball real well,” Baker said.

Anchoring the South staff was ace Josh Crapps, a 19-year-old righty who shut down Fairbanks Post 11 in Sunday's championship game. He went the distance in a 9-2 win at Marlin Field.

The Midnight Sun Tournament is part of the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour, a four-city series starting in Fairbanka and then moving to Wasilla, Kenai and finally Anchorage for the 19th annual BP Invitational.

Crapps is coming off an impressive freshman season at the University of Dallas, where he went 4-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 12 games.

“We’re trying to get him to share that college skill set and his education,” Baker said. “Josh now has probably the best pick-off move I’ve seen this year … very quick and deceptive for a big guy.”

Crapps has picked off three base runners this year, including one Sunday.

“I gotta give him props,” Baker said. “Huge improvement over last year.”

Crapps is part of a group of 19-year-olds that came back to play another year of Legion. They have merged with a bunch of carryovers from the high school team that won the state championship earlier this month. 

So far, so good. South has won 11 of 15 games.

“I’d say the 19-year-old kids that came back, they are not disruptive. They are easy to manage,” Baker said. “They’re coachable and want to be a part of the team.”